Management review urgent

Local authorities need an urgent management review to cope with the challenges of Best Value, according to public sector experts.

Speakers at last week’s CIPFA Quality Forum conference in Birmingham called for a re-assessment of local government management structures to help with the implementation of the scheme.

Best Value replaces compulsory competitive tendering, which centred on obtaining services for the lowest cost.

Robert Hughes, president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, said high financial targets could only be achieved through a programme of radical and continuous change. ‘There are key issues to be tackled before implementation.

Best Value can only be achieved through a programme of radical change with quality at its core,’ he said.

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